Developer : Paris La Défense
Investors / Promoters: Generali / Hines / Adim IDF
Architect : Valode et Pistre
Owner and occupant : Saint-Gobain (World Headquarters)
Surface : 48 948 sq.m.
Location : La Défense / North Esplanade / Iris
Delivery: 1st quarter 2020
Following an international consultation, the architectural, technical and environmental project for the new Saint-Gobain Tower was designed by the Valode & Pistre agency. Its design is crystalline and airy, evoking Saint-Gobain's historic business: glass.
The new Saint-Gobain Tower is located on the site of the Iris building. The latter was demolished in 2016 to create a larger forecourt. The tower's new location will allow the Iris car park and all its parking spaces to be maintained. At the same time, Paris La Défense, developer and manager of the business district, is redeveloping the Place de l'Iris at the foot of the tower.
The construction of this tower and the development of the public space are in line with the project to transform the circular boulevard into an urban boulevard.
On the forecourt, a large monumental staircase and two elevators provide a link between the city of Courbevoie and the slab of Paris La Défense. The objective: to create public spaces at the foot of the towers and links between the slabs and the town of Courbevoie.
The Saint-Gobain tower will be home to Saint-Gobain's head office in 2020, which is already present in Paris La Défense. 165 meters high, its 49,000 square meters accommodate 2,700 users spread over 44 levels. 48,575 sq.m are reserved for offices and 373 sq.m for various retail outlets. It also features 1,100 square meters of balconies and terraces fully accessible to users of the tower and its base is composed of a showroom and a shop open to the public.
The new headquarters is aiming for triple environmental certification: LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), BREEAM (Building Research Establishment & Environmental Design) and NF HQE (High Environmental Quality) associated with EFFINERGIE+ certification. The building will also have the Saint-Gobain Group's CARE:4 standard.
A word about the architects
Denis Valode (1946) and Jean Pistre (1951) founded their agency in 1977. In 20 years, it becomes one of the most important in France. One of the reasons for its success was the reconstruction of the Lainé warehouses in Bordeaux and then the construction of the L'Oréal factory in Aulnay-sous-Bois. Today, the two architects are particularly involved in the design of towers - in Saint-Denis, Lyon, Beijing and Bombay - and sustainable development.
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